Spenser, Edmund. Born in 1551. English poet. Went to Ireland in 1580 as secretary to Lord Grey de Wilton, and lived in Cork County in the intervals until the rebellion of Tyrone. The "Faerie Queene" was partly printed in 1590, his other chief works being "The Shepherd's Calendar," "Colin Clout's Come Home Again," and "View of the State of Ireland." Died 1599.